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Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Nueces Electric Cooperatives wants to ensure that in the event of a hurricane, our members are prepared and know how to respond. Here are some tips to help prepare our members for potential hurricane and storm threats this summer. For more information visiti www.weather.gov to find the 2019 Coastal Bend Hurricane Guide. 

Home preparation

Elevation matters
Know the elevation of your home. Are you in a flood or evacuation zone?

Mobile homes
Residents of mobile homes must evacuate when told to do so.

Landscaping
Trim trees, shrubbery and dead limbs, especially ones close to your home.

Roofing
Inspect the roof for loose tiles, shingles or debris. Consider replacing old or damaged shingles with new ones rated for hurricane force winds.

Doors
Reinforce garage doors and tracks or replace with a hurricane tested door.

Windows
Inspect existing shutters to ensure they are in good working order.

 

Preparing your pet's safety

-Your pet should be part of your overall hurricane preparation plans

-Make sure your pet's vaccinations are current and have proof that they are current. Do not assume a public shelter will accept your pet.

-Each animal should have a properly sized pet carrier.

-Pack enough food and water for the pet, do not let the pet eat food or drink water from the outside as it may be contaminated.

-Make sure to pack all medications your pet may need along with a muzzle, collar, leash, paper towels and trash bags.

-Make sure your pet has a proper ID collar. 

 

Create an evacuation plan if necessary

The best evacuation plans have been talked through months in advance. Work with your family members on creating a plan to make sure the real thing goes as smoothly as possible. The Department of Homeland Security gives these evacuation pointers:

-Identify several places you could go in an emergency.

-Choose destinations in different directions so you have options during an emergency.

-If needed, identify a place to stay that will accept pets.

-Always follow instructions of local officials.

-Assemble supplies ahead of time.

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